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GigaSpaces demonstrates strong presence as Gold Sponsor at TheServerSide Java Symposium 2008

Members of the GigaSpaces Team Speak at Conference. Company to Announce Winners of the OpenSpaces Developer Challenge.


Nati Shalom, founder and CTO of GigaSpaces, a leading provider of an application server for distributed environments such as clouds and grids

Shay Banon, system architect at GigaSpaces

Uri Cohen, technology evangelist at GigaSpaces

What: The ServerSide Java Symposium

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Luncheon Keynote: “Getting Ready for the Cloud,” presented by Nati Shalom
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Award Ceremony for OpenSpaces Developer Challenge
Time: 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

“Best Practices for Developing Scalable Web 2.0 Applications”, presented by Uri Cohen
Time: 1:15 p.m.

Friday, June 20, 2008

“Beyond a DataGrid,” presented by Shay Banon
Time: 2:20 p.m.

Where: The Clarion Congress Hotel

Freyova 33,
190 00 Prague 9 – Vyso?any
Czech Republic

GigaSpaces Technologies today announced that Nati Shalom, Uri Cohen and Shay Banon will present at The ServerSide Java Symposium in Prague, where the Company is a Gold Sponsor. GigaSpaces will hold an award ceremony for the winners of the OpenSpaces Developer Challenge, including the $10,000 grand prize winner. The contest was designed to encourage developers to use the GigaSpaces open source framework, OpenSpaces, to build highly scalable applications, as well as enhance the framework with plugins and integration. The projects have been narrowed down to the best of the best, and finalists include Jason Carreira with DomainProxy, Kirill Ishanov with Gigapult and Leonardo Goncalves with GoDo – Goods Donation System.

As a “Super Early Bird” incentive for next year’s contest, attendees of TheServerSide Java Symposium who submit their concepts for the 2009 OpenSpaces Developer Challenge by the time of the award ceremony will participate in a draw of three scholarships at the value of $1,000 each.

As featured speakers, Shalom will be presenting on cloud computing, Cohen will speak to developing Web 2.0 applications using GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform and Banon will discuss Data Grid usage and integration patterns.

In his session, “Getting Ready for the Cloud,” Shalom will present the key challenges facing developers as they develop applications to run in highly distributed, on-demand environments presented by Cloud Computing. The presentation will provide an approach to building applications to run efficiently in such environments, including converting existing JEE applications to a scale-out architecture.

Cohen will address the topic of building scalable Web 2.0 applications using the GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform (XAP). In his session, Cohen will demonstrate the power of GigaSpaces’ scaling, hot failover and self-healing capabilities. A sample Web application that uses Spring MVC, an AJAX front-end and a GigaSpaces backend will be scaled out – from initially running on a single laptop to a “cloud” of machines on Amazon EC2 – without changing a single line of code.

Banon will present on Data Grid usage that goes beyond basic caching. Such usage will include combining a data grid with an ESB to provide a fault-tolerant SEDA implementation, specifically using Mule. Attendees will also learn how a Data Grid can be used to execute dynamic jobs through MapReduce using scripting languages, as well as scale Lucene index storage.

Shalom is CTO and founder of GigaSpaces, and a well-known evangelist of grid technology and cloud computing worldwide. In his role at GigaSpaces, he has worked with dozens of large organizations in the financial industry, telecommunications and the web on implementing linearly scalable, reliable applications. Previously, he worked with IONA and was responsible for the penetration of their products and technology to most of the leading ISV’s in Israel. Shalom is an experienced software engineer with a strong background in middleware and specifically CORBA and EJB. He has also worked with leading software companies, such as ECI, Comverse, BMC, Elisra, Rafael and Amdocs.

Cohen, a technology evangelist at GigaSpaces, and a member of the team, has significant experience in architecting, implementing, tuning and deploying large-scale enterprise systems. His areas of expertise include JEE, Spring, Hibernate and, naturally, GigaSpaces.

Banon, a senior architect at GigaSpaces, is the founder of the Compass open source project, a unique solution enabling search capabilities into any application model. He started working on mission critical real time C/C++ systems, later moving to Java. Within the Java world, Banon has worked on a propriety implementation of a distributed rule engine (RETE) server, Java based web projects and messaging based projects within the financial industry.

This year’s ServerSide Java Symposium will cover a vast sum of topics including java web frameworks, service-oriented architecture, concurrency, performance and scalability and language heterogeneity. The Java Symposium targets architects and developers from around the world, bringing them together for an intensive educational experience to discuss proven best practices and insight into the future of the Java Platform.

About GigaSpaces
GigaSpaces Technologies is a leading provider of a scale-out application server for Java, .Net and C++ environments. The GigaSpaces middleware is a single product that handles data, business logic and messaging – and utilizes industry-standard APIs and an open source stack to provide a complete application infrastructure solution. With GigaSpaces, applications can be easily built for scalability, reliability and high-performance in distributed environments, such as SOA, clusters, grids and cloud computing.

GigaSpaces’ customers include leading organizations in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and the Internet, where the need for mission-critical high-performance, reliability and scalability necessitates an alternative to traditional approaches. GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices worldwide. For more information visit:

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